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Conn. City Offers Creative Way to Get Schools Cleared from Snow

WATERBURY, Conn. (CNN) — A city in Connecticut has come up with a clever way to clear their streets after the weekend blizzard.

“Because this is our community and everybody needs to help out and we’re all family,” says Franchesa Villar, a Waterbury student.

Hundreds of kids and adults showed up to shovel out Waterbury schools. It’s a number even the mayor wasn’t expecting.

“You’ve got teachers here. You’ve got adults here, as you can see. You got a bunch of students here so yeah, I’m amazed at the turnout to be honest with you.” notes Waterbury Mayor Neil O’Leary.

There are 32 schools in Waterbury. None of them have been touched until Tuesday.

Kids and adults will be paid minimum wage — which turns out to $8.25 an hour. The money will come out of the Waterbury Police Activity League or PAL.

Before the day even started, many showed up at least an hour before. They gathered inside City Hall and were briefed on where to go.

Even some teachers showed up – anxious to get back into the classroom.

“It’s better than texting at home, you know, get ‘em to work and get the schools back in operations as soon as possible.”

Alicia Brandes, a teacher in the district, adds, “I said we have to go and we’re here with my two children but obviously this is overwhelming and this is awesome with all the help.”

And these kids were happy to get out and do it.

“…It beats staying in the house for four days straight without school so I just wanted to come help, especially the elementary schools,” says Waterbury student Arianna McDonald.


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